Why Career in Elementary

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Career Development
Interventions in the
Elementary Schools
The Parent/Guardian Connection
Career Development During
Elementary School (Erikson)
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During elementary school years, students
need to develop initiative (ages 4-6) and
industry (ages 6-12).
When these tasks are accomplished, they
use curiosity to gather information about
themselves and the world.
These behaviors result in personal
effectiveness that is rewarded by positive
outcomes.
Goals of Career Interventions at
Elementary School Level (Super & Savickas)
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Encourage students to participate in activities
related to their interests
Help children
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become concerned about the future
increase personal control over their lives
convince themselves to achieve in school and at
work
develop competent work habits and attitudes
Parental Involvement
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Parents have substantial influence over the
career development of their children.
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They provide greatest amount of direct and
indirect exposure to work.
Their influence is most effective when it is
planned, intentional, and goal-oriented.
They, however, possess minimal knowledge of
career development theory and how
environmental factors affect development.
Ways in Which Parents Can
Assist Children (Herr & Kramer)
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Encourage children to analyze selfcharacteristics (interests, capacities, values)
Communicate work requirements to children.
Discuss the importance of work values in
work behavior.
Explain the relationship among work, pay,
and the economic condition of the family.
Ways in Which Parents Can
Assist Children (Herr & Kramer)
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Connect children with informational resources
(workers, books, films).
Be careful to avoid stereotyping occupational
alternatives and workers.
Provide children with opportunities for work in
the home and community.
Provide children with opportunities to learn
and practice decision-making skills.
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